TORONTO (AP) — Eric Brewer scored 3:17 into overtime to lift the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 4-3 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night.
Tyler Bozak had a hat trick — all in the third period — and added an assist on Brewer’s winning goal as the Maple Leafs rallied from two down twice in the final period to snap a seven-game skid. James Reimer stopped 22 shots to improve to 11-3-1 in his career against Ottawa.
Mark Stone, Curtis Lazar and Kyle Turris scored for the Senators, who began the day tied with Boston for the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference, but fell a point behind as the Bruins won earlier Saturday.
Craig Anderson made 27 saves for Ottawa. The 33-year-old Anderson was making just his third start since Jan. 21 after watching rookie Andrew Hammond go 14-1-1 in his place.
With Toronto trailing 3-1 midway through the third period, Bozak had a power-play goal with 8 1/2 minutes remaining and then tied with 1:24 to go.
Stone opened the scoring 4:25 into the second period after taking a feed from Clarke MacArthur. Stone beat Reimer blocker side with a wrist shot for his 19th of the season.
Reimer had to be sharp only 24 seconds after Stone’s goal, stopping Zach Smith on a breakaway to keep the score 1-0.
However, Lazar one-timed a pass from Jean-Gabriel Pageau to double the lead at 5:59.
Toronto got on the board 3:13 into the third when van Riemsdyk backhanded a pass to Bozak, who swatted home his 20th of the season past Anderson.
Turris scored a power-play goal at 9:30 of the third to restore the two-goal lead.
Anderson’s first test came 2:24 into the game when he robbed David Booth from the slot with a glove save. That was Toronto’s only shot on net in the first 10:46.
Ottawa went 1 for 1 on the power play while Toronto was 1 for 3.
NOTES: Garrett Gamble, an 11-year-old from Saskatoon had his dream fulfilled through the Children’s Wish Foundation and was signed to a one-day contract by the Maple Leafs on Saturday. Garrett was taken for a skate by former Leafs player Wendel Clark and dropped the puck for a ceremonial faceoff. … Hammond missed the game with a lower-body injury and is day-to-day.
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